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Shadow Orichalcum Aero Bite (シャドー・オリハルコン・エアロ・バイト, Shadō Oriharukon Earo Baito), stylized as Shadow Ωrichalcum αero βite, is a Defense Type Beyblade released by Takara Tomy as part of the Burst System as well as the God Layer System. It was released as a CoroCoro Exclusive Booster in Japan in August 2017.
Energy Layer - Shadow Orichalcum
- Main article: Energy Layer - Shadow Orichalcum
Takara Tomy's Shadow Orichalcum features a round design with a face on either side and orbs on either side, meant to represent this Layer's namesake, the historical metal Orichalcum. As part of the God Layer System, Shadow Orichalcum features a gimmick; the underside of the Layer features claws that grip onto the Performance Tip.
Due to the centrifugal force of a Beyblade's spin, each half of the Layer will extend outward and in turn bring two grooved claws on the underside of the Layer inwards to grip onto the Performance Tip and revealing gold coloration for identification. In theory this is meant to increase the Burst Resistance of a Shadow Orichalcum Combination early in battle where spin speeds and thus Burst risks are highest. In practice, the grooved claws increase the friction between the Layer and Tip and thus the gimmick works as intended.
However, two factors limit the gimmick's effectiveness: The action of each half of the Layer extending outwards creates an elliptical shape akin to Metal Fight Beyblade's Flash Metal Wheel. Such a shape creates high amounts of recoil and increases the Burst risk and can create a Knock-Out risk depending on the Tip used. Shadow Orichalcum features four teeth of only medium length and thus the Layer must depend on its gimmick to not Burst with the aforementioned shape.
Forge Disc - Aero
- Main article: Forge Disc - Aero
Aero is a slim, rounded pentagonal Disc composed of five downward sloping blades, akin to a reversed Wing, meant to create Down Force in Right-Spin and Upper Force in Left-Spin. However, like Wing, Aero's slimness makes it far too light to be useful in any type of Combination and the blades are too shallow to create any noticeable Down/Upper Force effect.
Performance Tip - Bite
- Main article: Performance Tip - Bite
Bite features a wide ball tip composed of rubber, akin to Metal Fight Beyblade's Rubber Ball Performance Tip. Unlike Rubber Ball however, the rubber used in Bite is very hard, akin more to rubberized plastic due to the lighter weight and thus lowered inertia of the Burst System. Despite this, Bite still has the excellent Knock-Out Resistance and poor Stamina that are standard in rubber tips used for Defense due to the increased friction on a small surface area.